Uber to end forced arbitration for victims of sexual assault, harassment

Uber to end forced arbitration for victims of sexual assault, harassment

The changes are being announced amid concerns that Uber hasn't done enough to protect its riders. (The new rule is largely for riders; both employees and drivers have been able to opt out for several years.) "We have learned it's important to give sexual assault and harassment survivors control of how they pursue their claims", Uber's post read. The policy change will affect riders, drivers and employees, the company says. In a statement, Tony West, a top-ranking official in the Obama-era Justice Department and Uber's chief legal officer, said Tuesday's announcement was "not to suggest we shouldn't, at some point, consider including other types of legal claims under this new policy-we should-or that by making this announcement, we think that arbitration is bad-we don't". By the end of the year, Uber will also start to publicly report incidents of alleged sexual misconduct in hopes of establishing more transparency about the issue throughout the ride-hailing and traditional taxi industries. Uber, like many other companies (read the fine print, y'all), had "a clause in its user agreement - and its employment contract - that requires a person to waive his or her constitutional right to take Uber to court".

Uber and Lyft have ended forced arbitration for sexual assault cases brought by passengers, drivers and employees.

Uber likewise revealed 2 other policy changes relating to sexual assault. The absence of openness about the variety of events committed by motorists has actually been a sticking point by victims in suits, which declare Uber aims to hide the true scope of the issue from its consumers.

The business will not need privacy as part of settlement arrangements in claims referring to sexual assault or harassment.

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And last month, Fowler wrote an op-ed in The New York Times arguing that to fight sexual harassment, the USA needs to bring an end to forced arbitration of sexual harassment cases - across the board.

Christensen said she filed her first sexual assault against Uber in 2015.

" I will inform you that, when this information is really released as part of the security openness report, I believe those numbers are going to be disturbing", stated West. Khosrowshahi has vowed to "do the right thing", fix the damage from previous missteps and lure back alienated riders who defected to rivals such as Lyft. Uber is shifting its stance after receiving an open letter from the NY law firm Wigdor LLP, which already has filed a lawsuit seeking to be certified as a class action representing women who allege they have been raped, sexually harassed or abused in other ways by Uber drivers. Hopefully, more companies will follow suit before there are problems. We must demand that our federal and state legislatures pass laws that ban forced arbitration in all cases of discrimination and harassment.